Microsoft Visio 2013 – Connection points
Microsoft Visio 2013 is the newest version of the Microsoft Visio line from Microsoft. I’m a Microsoft Visio junkie and thought that I knew it all. This blog is about adding lines in a Microsoft Visio drawing and an issue I ran accross when editing an old drawing. Hopefully one of you, reading my blog, will tell me I’m wrong and show me how to do it simple.
Let’s start simple, I have a default Microsoft Visio drawing with two blocks where I want to add a line between those blocks.
A more simple drawing that this is not possible. As you see the lines are connection to the center connection point. No problem at this point for it’s the first line.
The second line I try to add, I’ll try to add just below the first one on both blocks where I put the red lines. creating a new line that connects to the block on exactly those points in not possible by default. The line simply jumps to the center connection point no matter how hard you try.
Is is possible to connect a line to any other point than the Center connection point?
Yes it is, but it requires a few more mouse clicks before you can do so.
In the menu bar of Microsoft Visio next to the Connector menu option, you’ll find a “X” which actually is a connection point. After you created a line that, connected it to the center connection point you hav to click this option to move it to another position.
So how does this work?
Look back at the picture above, the lines are in that position. I click on the second line and then select the Connection point option from the menu. The selected second line is changed, a gray rectangle is place around it allowing you to move the ends of the line.
In the picture below you can see that I moved the lines to the position I originally wanted to.
As you can see the lines are now as intended, so the procedure works. You can connect lines to any point
The real reason I was looking for this was the fact that I’m still working on a VMware View troubleshooting drawing orginally intended for a troubleshooting session at VMworld. The option is workable but when adding new lines it’s not handy that you have to go through two steps, first just let Visio drop it in the center and then via the menu option move it to it’s position.
When trying to edit lines it gets complicated… you jsut can’t see what you are editing.. not like you used to see at least. The gray rectangle is around the arrow connector line that I want to move but for me it’s not clear with line it is… of course I know for I clicked on it… but be honest, this is not a fancy solution.
I just don’t like this new feature and miss the way we used to do it..
The change from Visio 2010 to 2013 in the way lines are connecting by default is a change for the worse in my honest opinion. I always loved the way you could just drop a line anywhere without any secondary action. The fact it has changed is something to keep in mind, perhaps someone knows a better way to do this or a simpeler one. I would be glad to hear if this behavior can be altered.